Heeeeeeeey! Thanks JM! I’ve always wanted to be part of a blog tour and your tagging me is a great way to start the year. ^_^
So if you’ve not come from JM’s blog, then pop back over there to read her answers to these interview questions. If you have, then welcome, and thank you for stopping by to check out what I have to say.
So! Here we go:
What is the working title of your book?
Silk Over Razor Blades (aka SORB) is on the shelf for the time being, but it is still my primary piece. So I’ll talk about that.
Where did the idea come from for your book?
A combination of enjoying Buffy The Vampire Slayer and desperately wanting a strong female lead in a book. This is from when I was about 14 years old. The idea has matured a hell of a lot since then, but that was the core; strong female lead, and a desire to see the vampire’s perspective.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?
Oooh I just answered this in a previous post, but for the sake of fullness I’ll answer it again. Ileandra I’d have played by a younger Naomie Harris. She has the look that means she could start weak and grow to become the strong woman we see by the end (she’s also English which is a big plus for me). Her or Brandy Norwood, before she went all Hollywood and began to straighten her hair. Think back to her Moesha days. Tristen I’d have played by Ben Barnes; I think he could pull it off so long as he lost the cute boy look. Or rather, if he could pull off ‘steamy, sexy and authoritative’ while his hair is long. Brad would have to be Liam Neeson; he could pull that off no problem (and Brad Pitt, though the age is right, is still too good looking). Nick… that’s harder; I think I’d cast Jared Padalecki into that role. He has the look and I can image him being able to pull off the ‘excited over supernatural’ aspect of Nick’s personality.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
New vampire, Ileandra Young, schemes to derail the police investigation into the murder of her fiancée, whilst avoiding the search of the vampire who made her.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Everything else I’m happy to self publish, but this, I want to go through an agency. That is my major goal.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Nine months, I believe.
What other books would you compare this story to?
Oooo, that’s a tricky one, because most vampire stuff has a romantic element which this tale lacks. I suppose it feels, on occasion, like an Anita Blake book, though a little more like the Blue Blood books by Melissa De La Cruz; primary female protagonist growing used to a new state of being while not necessarily getting on with others in the same situation.
Who or what inspired you to write the book?
At the time I wanted to be like Christopher Pike, since his Last Vampire series was awwwwwwwwwesome! So a bit of that mixed up with a bit of enjoying Buffy and Xena.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
This book offers a new interpretation of the vampire myth, as in, the first vampire. There are several sequences that take place in Ancient Egypt and offer a completely different spin on how they originated and what the relationship is between vampires and humans.
Yey! I love talking about SORB, but now its time to direct you on. Please enjoy my nominations for the next leg of the Next Big Thing Tour, to be posting on Wednesday 9 Jan 2013. ^_^
J Keller Ford
Jennifer M Eaton